Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 at 7:17 pm  |  15 responses

Report: Wizards Will Retain Randy Wittman As Coach (Update)

Hours after the Clippers announced they will keep Vinny Del Negro on board as head coach, it looks like the Wizards will elect to do the same with interim coach Randy Wittman, who took over midseason for Flip Saunders. Washington finished with the second-worst record in the NBA in 2011-12, but did finish the season with a 6-game winning streak. Bullets Forever has the details of the report, which first came from ESPN Radio 980 DC’s Scott Jackson: “In a move that has become more and more of an inevitable one as the days have gone on, Randy Wittman will be the Washington Wizards’ head coach next season, general manager Ernie Grunfeld told ESPN 980′s Scott Jackson. Wittman will return after posting an 18-31 record after taking over for Flip Saunders in mid-January. The news isn’t surprising because the Wizards haven’t been involved in any coaching rumors since the season ended. Once Ted Leonsis made the decision to give general manager Ernie Grunfeld a two-year contract extension, it ushered in the path for Wittman to return as well. Grunfeld has repeatedly said that he thought Wittman did a good job with the team last year.”

UPDATE (9:30 p.m.): The Wizards organization has yet to confirm the details, and reports now only say Wittman is “likely” to be retained—and is still technically under contract. Nothing is finalized as of yet.

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  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Mike Dntoni should have been the ideal coach for this team.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    And here I was thinking this owner cared about winning.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Abe Schwadron

    Not waiting until after the draft lottery is possibly the most Wizards-ish move ever. *hurts self*

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    They hate John Wall.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Mike D’Antoni would have been the ideal assistant coach for this team, he should never be the guy holding the reins in my opinion. I don’t mind this move, there really aren’t many great coaches available which suit John Wall and the rest of the roster’s strengths (athleticism, running game). Nate is the best coach on the market, but he’s a half-court guy through and through.

  • rkirby

    We’re not even going to make a play for McMillan?! I’m done with the Wizards *Stephen A Smith voice*

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Read what I said, McMillan is set in his ways as a half-court grind it out coach, and the Wizards simply don’t have the roster to succeed in that sort of setting. Best way to annoy your franchise PG who loves to run is bring in a guy who will slow him down.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkhGPrEMx5c The Mauve Avenger

    One smart move leads to another. Congrats Wizards.

  • http://ds add comment?

    nate mcmillan should be the coach get rid of andrey blatche(javele mcgee 2)

  • FnF

    Nate Mcmillan is a good coach but this roster isn’t built for 1/2 court 83 possessions a game. The Wizards are capable of running 1 play… Crawford to Wall oop coming out of a timeout. Anything more than that is just asking for too much. Mcmillan would be better served elsewhere. Detroit maybe.

  • T-Money

    very surprising considering the coaches available this summer.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    *Throws hands in air, orders another drink*

  • davidR

    nate did a pretty good job coaching seattle. i think he can adjust to suit the teams strengths

  • Ldub

    Is it odd that I would like to see Anthony “unibrow” Davis come to DC? I think a Wall and Davis Tandem would be nice to see. OR he can go to Cleveland with “Uncle Drew”!

  • asfafd

    What’s wrong with Wittman? He actually grabs the attention of these kids. He went 18-31 with a roster full of bums, winning 6 straight with our decent roster at the end of the year. Good move.